A lunchtime talk by Dr Tom Rutter, Senior Lecturer, Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama, discussing Bolsover Castle’s murals in relation to the poetry and drama of Ben Jonson, who counted the Castle’s owner William Cavendish among his patrons.
“On 30 July 1634, Bolsover Castle was the scene of a lavish entertainment written by Ben Jonson to welcome Charles I and his queen, Henrietta Maria to one of the residences of William Cavendish, 1st Earl of Newcastle. This event was only the latest product of Jonson’s long involvement with Cavendish, which had generated epigrams, elegies and an earlier entertainment at Welbeck, not to mention influencing Jonson’s own drama, as well as possibly inspiring the decorative scheme at Bolsover. My talk discusses these texts and artefacts in light of Jonson and the Earl’s professional relationship.”
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